The latest research digest from the Centre for Cultural Value explores the role of arts and cultural programmes on young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A study by staff at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and the University of Texas, raises the possibility that musical training may help offset age-related declines in brain volume in older adults.
A three-part study, commissioned by BBC Arts, of nearly 49,000 people found that regardless of skill level, taking part in creative activities like making music helps people manage their emotions, build confidence and explore solutions to problems.
The impact of an ArtsTrain music making programme has been highlighted in a new evaluation report.
The results of a new study in the USA suggests that musical training can improve a person’s ability to solve problems and think in an abstract way.
A study by Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA says the brains of jazz musicians are uniquely attuned to surprising sounds.
A new meta-study by the University of Padua in northern Italy has found that musicians have better memories than non-musicians.
New research by the University of Texas-Austin finds an advantage in starting music lessons in late childhood.
Using musical cues to learn a physical task develops an important part of the brain, according to a new study by the University of Edinburgh.
Researchers at the University of Southern California have studied the effects of music training on brain activity.
The results of Northwestern University research published in 2015 show that music training is related to the development of selective attention and inhibitory control.
A study by Dr Kenneth Elpus from the University of Maryland has looked at the effects of school-based music education on later adult engagement with the arts, using data on 9,482 adults. He concludes that those who studied music and arts at school were more likely to continue to create art and to attend arts events.